Municipal Shared Services and Consolidation provides a comprehensive and clear review of the theories and practices of structuring and managing complex local government services. Intended for both students and practitioners, this volume in the Public Solutions Handbook Series addresses concepts and processes of shaping collaborative arrangements in public service with goals of effectiveness and efficiency in mind. The Handbook begins with a review of theories of shared services and consolidation, highlighting conceptual foundations, practical barriers, and cultural considerations related to these efforts. Specific, practical advice follows, highlighting the processes of creating, implementing, and managing shared services and consolidation agreements. Municipal Shared Services and Consolidation is exceptionally well written and is amplified by examples, cases, illustrations, and a comprehensive bibliography.

part |2 pages

Part I: Introduction and Theoretical Considerations

chapter 1|14 pages

Municipal Size, Resources, and Efficiency: Theoretical Bases for

ByShared Services and Consolidation Mildred E. Warner

chapter 2|19 pages

The Costs of Services Cooperation: A Review of the Literature

ByChristopher V. Hawkins, Jered B. Carr

chapter 3|21 pages

Communities and Culture

BySydney Cresswell, Anthony Cresswell

part |2 pages

Part II: Municipal Shared Services and Consolidation in Practice

chapter 4|17 pages

Service-Level Consolidation and Sharing Arrangements

ByMichael R. Hattery

chapter 6|17 pages

Managing Interlocal Contracts and Shared Service Relationships

ByEric S. Zeemering

chapter 8|20 pages

Toward Interlocal Collaboration: Lessons from a Failed Attempt to Create a Fire Authority

ByWilliam D. Hatley, Richard C. Elling, Jered B. Carr

chapter 9|18 pages

Mapping the Shared Services Landscape

ByRicardo S. Morse, Charles R. Abernathy

chapter 10|16 pages

Alternative Service Delivery Arrangements: Creativity and Innovation in Local Government

BySuzanne Leland, Reid A. Wodicka